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Jay-Z Adds Vic Mensa to his ‘4:44 Tour”

posted by Oscar September 20, 2017

Big news from Roc Nation today! Jay-Z is going out on tour in support of his 2017 album 4:44, and it was announced today that the iconic artist has recruited Roc Boy Vic Mensa to provide support on the tour.

The ambitious tour will take off on October 27 in Anaheim and will continue throughout North America (including a December 5 show in Mensa’ hometown of Chicago) before finishing off back in Cali on December 21 in Los Angeles.

According to Bandsintown, it looks like Vic will be on board for the entire tour! Check out the dates below. Continue Reading

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12 Artists to See at Riot Fest 2017

posted by Oscar September 12, 2017

It’s Riot Fest week!! The Chicago festival is best known for putting together some of the nation’s best lineups year after year, bringing back iconic bands for special reunions along the way, and the 2017 edition is right up there among their best ever.

We’ve been attending the Punk-rooted festival since 2011 and this year’s going to be a bit different for us, as it marks the first time we’re attending as part of the press. So instead of sneaking our way to the front rails to see the action up-front or hopping from mosh pit to mosh pit, we’ll be bouncing around all of Douglas Park this weekend to take in all it’s got to offer and taking photography of the artists we are most eager to see from this lineup.

We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite artists on the lineup that we are looking forward to seeing perform live at Riot Fest 2017. Check out the can’t-miss acts below.
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Listen to Episode 34 of 93 ‘Til: WE BACK.

posted by Tali August 10, 2017

Tune in to the latest episode of 93′ Til!

 

(0:49) Chicago Spotlight featuring songs:

[In Order] by Calez, Loren, Hurley Mower, Sammy L’s x Luke Almighty, Yung Dutch, Lucki, Knox Fortune, Roo Money, Elton Aura, IsaiahG x Newworld Kayo x Aaron Deux, Monster Mike, JR Donato.

(11:38) DM of The Week. 

The guys debut the first segment of “DM of The Week,” where they choose an artist’s music from their DM’s and reflect on their craft. This week’s choice at random was the Portland Rapper, Young Lit Hippy,  and his quick-tongued flow. You can check out the young hippy and these trippy visuals below!

(14:20) Luis, Miguel & Tali talk about all the latest albums that dropped!

The guys and I talk about the bit about the recent albums that dropped:

(14:39) .22 Summers – Mulatto Beats

(16:50) Autobiography – Vic Mensa

(23:58) Perfect Timing – Nav & Metro Boomin

(26:33) Wins and Losses – Meek Mill

(30:53) One Night Only – Cousin Stizz

(33:58) SCUM FUCK FLOWER BOY – Tyler the Creator

(38:11) “Catch Me Outside” – Ski Mask The Slump God 

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And be sure to listen to all the tracks highlighted in this week’s episode below!

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Our Favorite Moments from Lollapalooza 2017

posted by Oscar August 8, 2017

I’ve been going to Lollapalooza every year since 2011 and in that time I’ve been lucky enough to see at the multi-day festival held at Grant Park some amazing sets from legendary acts, as well as witnessing the rise of acts that have gone on to become some of our favorites today. This year’s edition sure added more fun memories and great performances, so below I’ve highlighted the moments that have stood out the most from my time at Lolla 2017.

See the list below. Continue Reading

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Video: Desus & Mero Interview Vic Mensa

posted by Oscar July 26, 2017

The #1 show on late night, the great Desus & Mero welcomed Vic Mensa as their latest illustrious guest. The Chicago rapper, on the show to promote the upcoming release of his debut album, The Autobiography.

The pair talked to Vic about his new album, his non-Facetime relationship with Jay-Z, falling 30 feet from a bridge trying to sneak into Lollapalooza, and his thoughts on how people talk about Chicago and its recent infamous reputation. Not only that, but we also got an update on his beef with DJ Akademiks, capped by a fitting “rainbow.”

Check out the interview above.

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Stream Vic Mensa’s ‘The Autobiography’ via NPR

posted by Alberto July 20, 2017

NPR and Vic Mensa linked up to give everyone an early listen to the Chicago emcee’s debut album, The Autobiography. We’ve heard good things come out of those listening sessions, so don’t waste any time and stream the Roc Nation debut via NPR HERE.

Purchase ‘The Autobiography’ via iTunes HERE.

UPDATE (7/28): The album is now available for download, streaming, and purchase. Listen to it below. Continue Reading

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Vic Mensa Shares Video for “Rage”

posted by Oscar July 17, 2017

Vic Mensa’s new album, The Autobiography, continues to take shape with the SaveMoney man dropping a new track “Rage” and its music video. The visual, which premiered on The Fader, is intense and it depicts Vic flying on a jet as he experiences problems in the air and it all comes crashing down hard with pills and alcohol no longer an option for his escape. The fiery descent makes Vic sink into a body of water where he eventually emerges from the beach, looking at the distraction.

Check out the music video above.

Executive produced by No I.D., The Autobiography features Weezer, The-Dream, Pusha T, Ty Dolla $ign, SYD, Chief Keef, Joey Purp, Dreezy, Saul Williams and more; it is available for Pre-Order nowhttps://VMensa.me/TheAutobiography 

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Vic Mensa feat. Pharrell & Saul Williams – “Wings”

posted by Alberto July 14, 2017

Vic Mensa’s debut album is only 2 weeks away and it’s safe to say the entire POD staff is really excited to hear the new album. Today, we got another look into the The Autobiography with the release of “Wings” featuring Pharrell and Saul Williams. See what they cooked up below.  Continue Reading

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Vic Mensa Announces Debut Album Title + Release Date

posted by Alberto July 11, 2017

Vic Mensa announced the title and release of his Roc Nation debut LP via a marketing campaign at 4 bookstores in Chicago and New York. The new album, The Autobiography, will be released on July 28th. We are very excited to see what Vic Mensa has cooked up. Let’s hope we get some visuals or a new joint leading up to the new release.

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See Vic Mensa Talk New Jay Z Album, Call Out DJ Akademiks on ‘Everyday Struggle’

posted by Oscar June 19, 2017

Vic Mensa was the featured guest on today’s episode of Everyday Struggle to discuss his latest release, The Manuscript, and share some details on his forthcoming debut full LP (due out this summer), while also going into topics concerning the Hip Hop landscape including Jay Z’s new project, the latest XXL Freshmen class, the 2Pac biopic, and more.

One of the biggest moments in this interview came when Vic confronted Akademiks over the latter’s approach to covering Chicago’s Hip Hop music scene, and all that it reflects and influences. The heated discussion saw Vic call him out for making light of the serious situation affecting the city, dismissing Drill music and joking on the lives lost due to violence.

Check it out above.

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Video: Vic Mensa Breaks Down The Lyrics and Meaning of “OMG”

posted by Oscar June 13, 2017

Vic Mensa shared his new “capsule” The Manuscript dropped last week and one of the tracks that have gotten the most attention is the undeniable “OMG.” The song, featuring Pusha T laying down a verse and Pharrell lending his talent on both the chorus and the song’s production, is the subject of the latest episode of Genius’ Verified, the series through artists break down and detail their tunes.

“I was a skateboarder as a kid before I was ever into hip-hop,” Mensa tells Genius. “Pharrell really opened up the doors for me to feel like that was cool, because on the Southside of Chicago there’s not a lot of skateboarders. Before people saw Pharrell skating and people saw Lupe skating, you didn’t have hip-hop, black examples of skateboarders. Fast forward however many years and now I’m jumping out of the Bentley with the dirty Vans.”

Check out Vic talking about “OMG” above.